TICKETS TORN IN HALF: June 27, 2010 BROOKS & DUNN / MERLE HAGGARD/ TYLER DICKENSON @ Bethel Woods, NY

Geez, my taste in music is eclectic, (my words- others say my taste is screwed up). I have plenty of cd’s by B&D and I when I heard they announced this tour was the “LAST RODEO”, well, I had to go. The original date was cancelled due to Ronnie DUNN having throat problems and I was only hoping the rescheduled date would fit into my schedule. Lo and Behold, it did. Away we go, my bride and I in my 5 speed MUSTANG GT which was probably a bad idea as the parking area is inclined upward and the pace of getting us in was very slow. However thoughts of JONI MITCHELL singing “ they paved paradise and put up a parking lot” rang through my brain as this parking lot was on the sacred grounds of the WOODSTOCK MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL.

Merle Haggard was wonderful.

From CATSKILL CHRONICLE

Brooks & Dunn took the stage to thundering applause, performing “Play Something Country” loud enough that you could feel the kick-drum in your heart. Following that were “Put a Girl In It,” “Neon Moon,” “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone,” “I Believe,” and many more of their favorites. Giant screens behind the stage alternated a montage of scenes from their career, lyrics, titles or really cool graphics.

A special treat was the duo’s rendition of “Only in America.” Five armed forces members walked to the edge of stage and saluted. And the crowd went wild.

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn thanked their crew, and they thanked their fans for “paying our rent for the last 20 years.”

They shot t-shirts into the crowd, Kix danced with a little girl, and tons of steamers rained down on their fans. And they blew the audience away with their rendition of “My Maria.”

Leaving the stage to thunderous applause without having done what is probably their biggest hit, left no doubt as to the title of their encore song. “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” was a 1992 hit for the duo, and served as their first crossover hit. It reached #50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. A fitting ending for their last song.